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Matt Damon Joins 'Interstellar', Eyes Directing

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Matt Damon and Christopher Nolan, the two men most responsible for today's accepted Batman origin, are teaming up for the first time. ThePlaylist reports the actor will go straight back to sci-fi with "a small, undisclosed role" in Nolan's Interstellar. Damon joins a massive cast that includes, among others, Anne Hathaway, Michael Caine, and Casey Affleck in a film that will venture into the farthest reaches of space, and as close to the words "Batman" and "Ben Affleck" as it can stretch without actually involving either of those things.

In yet another piece of Damon news for the day: The same Playlist story notes Damon may finally be making his directorial debut with A Murder Foretold. He's had a couple false starts in the past--he co-wrote Promised Land with an eye to direct before getting to busy with Elysium, and a couple years ago was looking to direct Father Daughter Time--but it seems it may actually happen this time. The project is based on a 2008 New Yorker article about a man killed in Guatemala; a video tape he left behind ends up posthumously implicating the president, his wife, and others in the murder. Argo writer Chris Terrio wrote the script, because every Matt Damon news item today must bear some connection to Ben Affleck. He's Batman.

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